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CAM SHAFT TOWER SEAL LEAKING ** PLEASE READ***

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by jacob.jons.jj, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Jul 14, 2019 at 11:52 PM
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    georgiey22

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    This thread has lost lots of momentum.
     
  2. Jul 15, 2019 at 7:34 AM
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    I took my 2013 4.6 in for 120k service at a Toyota dealer. The truck did not have any oil leaks (no oil on driveway ever).
    I was told the truck had oil leaks at the cam towers, timing cover and rear main seal, the dealer wanted approx $7k to fix.

    I passed on the fix and stated that the truck never leaked any oil.

    Now I get a drop of oil every night in the driveway, do I have any recourse with the dealer?
     
  3. Jul 15, 2019 at 7:41 AM
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    Unless you are covered under an extended warranty, I'd say you don't have much of a chance to get it fixed for free. It can't hurt to call Toyota corporate and ask, though.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2019 at 8:28 AM
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    I meant recourse about the truck leaking oil (drops in driveway now), after the dealership look at it. It never leaked oil before (no drops in the driveway).
     
  5. Jul 15, 2019 at 9:14 AM
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    maybe they did a messy oil change and that's what you are seeing. left over oil
     
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  6. Jul 20, 2019 at 11:07 AM
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    I wouldn't have known about this issue had I not joined this forum. Then I became paranoid I was going to have the leak on my 2018 Sport. Then I decided I didn't care and ignored this thread for a few months.

    I decided to check this morning. Leaking on the driver's side, dry on the passenger side. 5535 miles, half of which have been towing a trailer.

    So it goes. Can't say I was all that shocked.

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Jul 21, 2019 at 11:43 AM
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    After having a day to think about it, dealing with this at 5000 miles is pretty ridiculous.
     
  8. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:39 PM
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    I read all 67 pages thinking it would help me decide what to do. It didn't. I did realize I posted in this thread twice before my truck started leaking, which is probably what jinxed me. Also saw a lot of low mileage 2018 Sport owners like me in this thread.

    My truck goes in for the sensor recall next Monday and I have to decide whether to point out the leak and fix it, point it out and wait to fix it, or not point it out at all. Not pointing it out would be done if I was required to fix it.

    I am convinced a lot more Tundra owners have this leak and don't know it. Blissfully ignorant, they rack up miles on their trucks and rave about dependability. That droplet I have will fall on the heat shield, which is bad. But what if I just wipe it up and monitor it and avoid FIPG and shavings in my filter or what BuckWallace had to deal with? If it doesn't get much worse than a droplet here and there, is it worth the risk fixing it? Or, should I just request both sides be fixed, fail at an attempt at a 100k extended warranty, fix it, and move on.

    What do folks think?
     
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  9. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:43 PM
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    you only 5K miles. wait a bit and get it fixed post 10K
     
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  10. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:47 PM
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    Get it fix, and recommend for both sides.
     
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  11. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:54 PM
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    Do you think I could point it out to the dealership and then wait to fix it? Why would you wait until after 10k?
     
  12. Jul 22, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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    see how bad it gets if any and both sides leaking or only one ? if only one side, dealership will only fix that side then later you back for rounds 2 tear down to fix the other side...better do both at the same time.
     
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  13. Jul 22, 2019 at 6:03 PM
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    Both sides were done on your truck last year, right? How many miles since it was fixed?
     
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  14. Jul 22, 2019 at 6:35 PM
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    I got mine fixed when I was close to 30,000km(19k miles)
    would of got it fixed sooner if I knew about it or maybe it didn’t leak till than.
    Now I have 80,000km(50k miles) on my truck and she still runs like new.
     
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  15. Jul 24, 2019 at 1:22 PM
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    I checked mine last night so far bone dry both sides, I've got a 2017 Tundra 4x4 Crewmax Limited with 32,xxx miles. I will keep my eye on it and on this thread.
    thank you all.
     
  16. Jul 29, 2019 at 9:17 AM
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    I noticed my leak after two weeks of towing. Since I stopped towing, the droplet that's collecting didn't get worse. I decided yesterday I wasn't going to fix it just yet. I have time. Let's see how bad it gets.

    I took the Tundra to the dealership this morning for the sensor recall and confirmed the driver's side leak. Service manager immediately said they would fix both sides. He said they've done them before and said he couldn't do it today. I asked him if this was a common problem that goes unnoticed if the leak isn't bad. I didn't really get an answer. I asked him to wipe it up and note it. He wrote "oil leak" on the ticket. The truck goes back for tire rotation in 2000 miles.

    While I was waiting for my ride, I checked 5 used Tundras on the lot. First one was a 2010 that was listed at $20,500. It was leaking everywhere from the passenger side. Three out of five were leaking. If I have time, I'll investigate further when I go pick the truck up.
     
  17. Jul 29, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    This is what I have found too when I randomly check late model tundras that I walk by in the parking lot. If I see 3 on the way in to the store at least one has a leak that is clearly visible. I havent found one leaking on the heat shield yet, which gives me hope to just let it be and clean it off each oil change.
     
  18. Jul 29, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    PCS update done and "5585 Oil leak coming from the driver side cam tower, cleaned oil off and reinspect next visit." Service manager said they usually see these leaks in Tundras 5-10 years old and never this new. That might be the truth. Maybe everyone else is blissfully ignorant and it's only the Tundra crazies that come to the forums that are in the know. He also said for Toyota, the droplet was enough to qualify as a leak.

    I checked the used Tundras again. 2015 with 23k miles leaking from driver's side. 2010 with 116,000k not leaking. 2016 with 51k miles not leaking. 2014 with 142k miles leaking from both sides. 2010 with 165k miles leaking from the passenger side. Some of the leaks didn't look that bad.
     
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  19. Jul 29, 2019 at 1:58 PM
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    2010 model and 165K and still leaking but I bet it still runs fine. I had mine fixed under warranty but if I didn't have it I would probably just have left it that way.
     
  20. Jul 29, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    I was wondering If you checked your oil level when you noticed the leak and what it was.
     
  21. Jul 29, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    Unless it leaves a puddle everyday, not likely to show up on the dip stick.

    I have a 2018 with 36k miles right now. It is hospital clean on both sides but if it ever develops the cam tower leak, I'm just going to spray it with Gunk engine cleaner on a regular basis and call it a day. Eezee peezy and won't require an engine tear down.

    Dan
     
  22. Jul 29, 2019 at 10:33 PM
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    I was wondering if sbxx... Engine was over filled. No one has mentioned their oil levels in the posts. If overfilled, could that be a factor? The dip stick reading on my 2018 tundra is not the easiest imo.
     
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  23. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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    I can't see how an overfilled crankcase could manifest itself in a gasket or seal leak as the cam tower leak is. This is a gasket failure from what I have learned as result of using the wrong sealant or not enough of it.

    Dan
     
  24. Aug 4, 2019 at 8:28 AM
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    I am not mechanically inclined by any means so bare with me, but would all you that ARE say this is a cam town leak? This on my driver side. 2016 with 29,500 miles.
    9E3DD5EC-030A-4778-8385-59F7BFE94708.jpg
     
  25. Aug 4, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    Just looks like dirt to me, but if it were leaking you'd notice it more to the right (which we can't see in the pic) on the driver side.
     
  26. Aug 4, 2019 at 9:16 AM
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    Nothing that I can see as conclusive, in my opinion.
     
  27. Aug 4, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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    I just washed my truck and tried to clean that are up some and will keep and eye on it and take a picture in a week or so and repost. Thank you for those who’ve chimed in.
     
  28. Aug 9, 2019 at 4:57 AM
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    Took a long trip out west a few weeks ago. While at a hotel stop in Rapid City SD my son took a look and spotted a leak on the drivers side. You could see streaks on the head. Truck had 2500 miles on it at that point. Drove out to Glacier NP and then to Yellowstone. On the way back I stopped at a Toyota dealership in Rapid City (again) for an oil change on the return trip to Chicago. That Dealer confirmed the leak at about 6000 miles and said to have my selling dealer check it out and write it up once I got back to Chicago. Took it to my local dealer and they simply sprayed some brake clean on it and said to bring it back in 800 miles. That appointment was a waste of time. But I'm starting to develop a paper trail. We will see.
     
  29. Aug 10, 2019 at 11:43 PM
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    2010 5.7, 80,000 miles
    First pic, driver side. Second pic, passenger side.
    I know these would be minor, or maybe nothing? All opinions would put my mind at ease.
     
  30. Aug 10, 2019 at 11:51 PM
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    If it's leaking you'd notice it further back on both sides, closer to the cab.
     

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